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the economy today. he reminded america that there was an election on tuesday and the people have spoken. the president spoke from the east room of the white house surrounded by middle class americans. he's ready to lead on fiscal challenges facing this country. >> the american people voted for action. not politics as usual. you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. and in that spirit, i have invited leaders of both parties to the white house next week so we can start to build consensus around the challenges that we can only solve together. >> no heavy hand, no arrogance whatsoever. if there's one word to sum up the president's presentation today, it's this. consistent. the guy who gave the speech is the same guy who we watched on the campaign trail for the last seven months. americans want cooperation when it comes to a deal on the united states economy and the president is delivering his side of the bargain. >> we can't just cut our way to prosperity. if we're serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue. that means asking the wealthiest ameri
't that be good for the economy? the president is open to compromise, but he's not going to give away the store, not this year. he learned his lessons back in the lame duck session of congress, 2011. so today he openly rejected the mitt romney, john boehner solution for tax reform. >> what i will not do is to have a process that is vague, that says we're going to sort of, kind of raise revenue through dynamic scoring or closing loopholes that have not been identified. and the reason i won't do that is because i don't want to find ourselves in a position six months from now or a year from now, where lo and behold, the only way to close the deficit is to sock it to middle class families. >> now, that is the classiest way i have ever seen anybody say, you know what, somebody's got to pick up the bar tab, boys. this is what president obama ran against in the presidential election. mitt romney's approach to tax reform was, trust me. the american public wanted specifics. and president obama continued to give specifics today, but the economy wasn't the only thing on the president's mind today. earlier
. the same rate we had when our economy created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest surplus in history, and a whole lot of millionaires to boot. >> that was before the election. that was in the -- let's see, think some convention? very clear where president obama was and very clear where the american people voted. americans want progressive action, including higher taxes on the wealthiest americans. this is a pivotal moment for the democrats. the republicans are already trying to make it hard. president obama reached out right after the election victory. he was told that they were already asleep. today speaker boehner told abc news tax increases are still off the table. >> putting increased revenues on the table but through reforming or tax code. i would do that if the president were serious about solving our spending problem and trying to security or entitlement programs. >> revenue through reforming or tax code? this is the same stuff voters just rejected. this was a bright spot in boehner's interview. he was asked if republicans will still pursue full repeat. >> i think the election
the economy from the middle class out, that's not just a talking point. that's a concept that americans embraced. >> you don't have a mandate unless you believe you have a mandate. if you negotiate like you have a mandate. are you confident or are democrats confident the president is going to draw the hard line when he has to. >> the president will not give back. and they have gone so far to say -- it doesn't get more clear than that. >> you mentioned bill crystal. when he steps up and says what he says, isn't giving boehner some cover to make the deal that there are some conservative media people out there with some influence that will give him some backup? it seems like solid messaging. >> my little kids use. >> has he lost his influence or just as strong. will he play into this? >> i don't think he's lost the influence that he should have. and he is a key to that super pac money. the super pac money is the big problem here that looms large over the reelections of many of these tea party republicans who fear losing in primaries. if they spread too far from the right, they don't come b
really want to do something for this economy or do we want to play political games and stop the 32 months of private sector job growth? americans have had enough of the bickering, and we will focus on this in the coming shows. and there's going to be a heck of a battle coming up in the lame duck session of the congress on exactly how we're going to solve this fiscal cliff that everybody's talking about. it's only a cliff if we want it to be. get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's question, was president obama's re-election a victory for the middle class? text "a" for yes, text "b" for no to 622639. we'll bring you the results later tonight in the show. i'm joined tonight by richard wolffe and e.j. dionne, msnbc contributor, and author of the book, "our divided political heart." gentleman, great to have you with us tonight. >> thanks, ed. >> good to be with you. >> you bet. richard, you first. i called it a statement election. this means that it was a very clear message. do you agree with me on that, or how would you summarize what we went through yesterday? >>
scolded the entire party for the approach to the economy. hold it right there. this comment, he sewer sounds like a democrat. we've got to make sure that weren't the party of big business, big banks, big wall street bailouts, big corporate loophole, big anything. we cannot be, we must not be the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys. bobby, come on over to the good side, dude. you're talking like a conservative democrat. momentum is on the president's side. he just needs to know how motivated his allies are. the hard work didn't end last tuesday. democrats scored big, but they need to finish this game. the labor leaders who met with the president of the united states today made it very clear. they will stay engaged, and they will do whatever it takes to go to the public to tell the story. the campaign of last year is not over. >> we're united in a campaign throughout this country. >> we're going into another campaign. we won the election, but we're going into another campaign now. folks realize na and understand it. >> we need to stay as engaged as we were
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